“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Verdi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
1. Verdi Marker
Inscription. Modern Verdi came into being with the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through Nevada in 1867-’69. It became a major mill town and terminal for shipment of ties and construction timbers with a network of logging railways reaching into the timber north and west of here.

In 1860, a log bridge was built across the Truckee River near where Verdi is now located. Known as O’Neils Crossing, the site served as a stage stop during the 1860’s on the heavily travelled Henness Pass Turnpike and Toll Road and the Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Road.

In 1864, the Crystal Peak Company laid out a town on the site some two miles from Verdi’s present location. The company owned mining and lumber interests near the settlement which was then called Crystal Peak.

Verdi remained an active lumbering center into the twentieth century due to the exertions of men like Oliver Lonkey of the Verdi Lumber Company. A disastrous fire in 1928 plus depletion of timber reserves resulted in Verdi’s decline.
Erected by Nevada State Park System & National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. (Marker Number 191.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists marker series.
Verdi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
2. Verdi Marker
39° 30.966′ N, 119° 59.612′ W. Marker is in Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Crystal Peak Park Road, on the left when traveling west on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Train Robbery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Von Schmidt (approx. ¾ mile away); Henness Pass Road (approx. ¾ mile away); Truckee/Donner Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Overview (approx. ¾ mile away); The Town of Crystal Peak (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
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Verdi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2016
3. Verdi Marker
An updated marker replaced the older version. The wording did not change.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 335 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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